Food Waste Challenge

Ruth from “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” was in St Mary’s today to lead P5 in a Food Waste Workshop. Pupils discussed the issue of Food Waste in the 21st century and measures we can introduce to reduce it. This starts within our school and so P5 will soon commence a project relating to this topic. P6 and P7 also received a summary presentation in the form of a KS2 assembly.

Ruth is pictured with our Eco Committee who welcomed her to the school and thanked her for her time.


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P7 Catholic Schools Week Assembly


To launch Catholic Schools Week 2018 (Called to be a Family of Families), P7 planned and presented their own assembly for the KS2 classes. It incorporated prayer, song, drama and ICT. They key message was the importance of family at home, at school and in our parish. P7 also informed the school about the ‘World Meeting of Families,’ which is due to take place later this year in Dublin. Some of the content from the assembly is shown below.

Family Prayer

God made a family, We need one another,

We love one another, We forgive one another,

We work together, We pray together, We worship together,

Together we use God’s word, Together we grow in Christ,

Together we love all people, Together we serve our God,

Together we hope for heaven. These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to achieve them, O God, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


Class Video to show why St Mary’s is a truly good Catholic School –


JRSO quiz

Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.

Catholic Schools Week Mass


P7 had a wonderful day in St John the Baptist Church, Drumcree in Portadown for the mass to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2018. It was a very special occasion, made even more so as three of our own pupils were involved in the ceremony. The theme was linked to “The World Meeting of Families” and we look forward to disseminating some of the key messages to the school at assembly on Friday. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation to attend.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Charity

P6, P6/7 & P7 pupils undertook a special Christmas mission over the course of the past two weeks. They decided to select three ‘gift idea tags’ from the St Vincent de Paul Christmas tree in St Mary’s Church and raise money towards it. The Student council organised a very successful Christmas Jumper Day and the older pupils brought in a little extra from their own savings. A great sum of money was raised and a representative from each class returned the gifts back to the church this morning. There were £50 vouchers for Smyths, The Quays & The Buttercrane.

As well as this, pupils in KS2 (P5, P6, P6/7 & P7) prepared a very special assembly that highlighted the importance of thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of the year. KS1 were that inspired by the presentation that they then chose St Vincent de Paul as their charity of choice to present the proceeds from their Christmas Concert raffle. Everyone in St Mary’s is very much in the spirit of giving this Christmas and it feels… GREAT!


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